Sun Teams With Oracle, Debuts Low-End Servers

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-05-19 Print this article Print

Sun Microsystems Monday pushed forward with its low-end strategy by announcing a tighter partnership with database giant Oracle.

Sun Microsystems Inc. on Monday pushed forward with its low-end strategy by announcing a tighter partnership with database giant Oracle Corp. and rolling out two new low-cost servers. At an event in San Francisco, Scott McNealy, president, chairman and CEO of Sun, and Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison spoke about how many data centers in the near future are going to run smaller servers linked together by technology such as Oracles Real Application Clusters and running as one large system. Such a setup, using low-cost Sun boxes to run Oracles powerful database and other software, snatches away the one charge Oracle competitors have been able to throw at the company, Ellison said: That Oracle software is too expensive.
"When people talk about Oracle and Sun together, they say, Yeah, theyre scalable, theyre fast, theyre secure, but they run on those big, expensive computers," Ellison said. "[They say,] It just costs too much. You dont need all that power and security. We can do it good enough [for less money.] The only thing they keep hitting us on is we cost too much. We decided to attack that thing head-on."
The two companies are also promising a tightening of their already close, 20-year-long alliance that will result in a "no finger-pointing" service and support scenario for joint customers, McNealy said. "What this means is you have absolute, total choice across the two product lines, with only one throat to choke," he said. As far as the message regarding total joint compatibility goes, it echoed one that Ellison and Dell Computer Corp. CEO Michael Dell put out during an event in New York April 2.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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